European foulbrood disease

Melissococcus pluton

European foulbrood disease

European foulbrood disease

Legal Status: Notifiable Organism
Status in New Zealand: Not in New Zealand
Organism: Micro-organism

If you suspect you have found European foulbrood disease in New Zealand, call 0800 80 99 66.

European foulbrood disease caused by the bacterium Melissococcus pluton is notifiable under the New Zealand Biosecurity Act 1993 and the honey bee population is free from the disease.

Western Australia has presented a case to New Zealand that Western Australia be recognised as free from the diseases of bees, European foulbrood. The implications of this are discussed in the following article which was published in Biosecurity magazine: Request to Export Western Australian Honey into New Zealand.

Page last updated: 15 January 2014